The Switchtpwer 0r Saved by their Son was directed by Anthony O'Sullivan in 1913. Arogant tramps, a railroad man , counterfeiters, detectives and a boy to the rescue. How could you ask for more in about 10 minutes The switchman is played, by the way, by henry B Warthall who later starred in Birth of an Nation. I found this film under D W Griffith films and first listed it as such. It certainly looks like Griffith and includes a number of his regular players, but I bow to Wikileaks and IMBD
Run time 10 minutes 32 secondsAudio/Visual sound, color
June 1, 2013
Info From Wikipedia, IMDB, Silentera.com
THE SWITCHTOWER, 1913
Credits on this print state copyright 1912
Silent Short, B&W.
Negative & Print Formats: Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format ~Silentera.com
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 ~IMDB
Original Length: 304m, 1 reel.
A Biograph Company Production
Distributed by The General Film Company, Inc.
Survival status: An Original 35mm Print exists.
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Directed by: Anthony O'Sullivan
Written by: George Hennessy
Starring: Henry B. Walthall
Release date: 16 June 1913
Country: United States
Henry B. Walthall - The Switchman
Claire McDowell - The Switchman's Wife
Marion Emmons - The Switchman's Son
Lionel Barrymore - First Counterfeiter
Charles West - Second Counterfeiter
John T. Dillon - Third Counterfeiter
William A. Carroll - First Federal Agent
Frank Evans - Second Federal Agent
George Beranger - A Tramp
Anthony O'Sullivan - The Storekeeper
Harry Carey - (unconfirmed)
This film is listed as unconfirmed in various Harry Carey, Sr. filmographies, including IMDB, Silentera.com, and Wikipedia.
Katherine Stone (in the book Barry-Griffith p. 43) notes that this film was probably directed by D.W. Griffith, though no contemporary facts confirming this are available.
June 1, 2013
Re: Dr. Rotten's Fast Moving
Good short silent but maybe it was too fast moving.
It looks like the transfer was done at 24 frames/sec and silents were shot at 16.
When sound came in, the frame rate was increased to 24 to make room for the sound track as I'm sure most of you movie fans of this site know.
Dr Feel Rotten
December 8, 2010
Fast moving and doesn't lose you with non-consequential drivel like so many others do.